What are a man’s 30’s like? For most American men, these two posts cover it:
If you’re in your 20’s, those rules should put the fear of God into you. If you’re in your 30’s, hopefully you’ll think, “Yeah, that sounds like most guys I know, but not me.”
I’m well into my 30’s and haven’t started slowing down. The only difference I’ve noticed is a lack of brilliance. In my 20’s, older guys always said, “He’s brilliant.” And I was.
Today I’m still a smart guy, but my raw processing speed has slowed down. I used to be able to process an entire menu in about 5 seconds. Now I read each item line-by-line.
Talking to me used to be like running wind sprints. Now it’s like talking a relaxing stroll. There is nothing I can do about this:
A new study indicates that some aspects of peoples’ cognitive skills — such as the ability to make rapid comparisons, remember unrelated information and detect relationships — peak at about the age of 22, and then begin a slow decline starting around age 27.
Luckily I spent my 20’s head deep in books. Although my brain isn’t as quick as it was, it’s full of knowledge and wisdom – what cognitive scientists call crystallized intelligence.
Crystallized intelligence peaks in your 50’s.
In the meantime, make use of your 20’s. Your brains are fast. You won’t realize how fast until they slow down.
Even if your job is demanding, you should be finishing two books each month. Although non-fiction is superior to fiction, reading something is better than nothing. Do not let the best be the enemy of the good.
Here are a few good titles:
- What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People (title says it all);
- Catch-22 (human irrational can be funny);
- Great Dialogues of Plato (the ultimate guidebook to asking questions);
- Self-Reliance and Other Essays (“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion ….”)
- The Nicomachean Ethics (how to live the good life, which means a purposeful life rich with friendships)
- Blood Meridian (women can’t read it, as it’s Biblical prose too graphically depicts violence on the Western front, and reveals man’s true nature).
You should also be mega-dosing fish oil – as in 4-10 grams a day. Fish oil is cheap. Take it all at once or spread out. Just take it.
Fish oil will help prevent the “tendinitis” the thirty-something blogger complains of. Fish oil also mitigates depression and helps stave off Alzheimer’s. It improves blood flow throughout the entire body.
Every man should be on fish oil. This is the brand I use.
If you’re in your twenties, prepare yourself for your thirties. Read widely, think deeply, and pop fish oil like candy, and you’ll mitigate and often avoid the worst parts of your thirties.